The goal of most filmmakers and many producers that create short films is making feature films. In many ways, making feature films is very similar to creating a short film. However, there are several important differences between feature films and short films, when it comes to film marketing and distribution.
- The point of all these training courses is…to obviously help you create a short film.…But most short films are created with the intent…to move on to creating feature films.…So, in this chapter, I thought we'd take…just a very perfunctory glance…at what it's like to produce a feature film.…For most jobs on a short film,…from cinematography to editing, color,…visual effects, composing a soundtrack, whatever,…most jobs are almost exactly the same…on short films as they are on feature films.…Once you got the skill,…the length of the film doesn't matter,…whether it's three minutes or 103 minutes.…
But producing short films is almost nothing like…producing feature films.…I mean the overall responsibilities are…in the same neck of the woods.…You're gonna start and finish the film…and market it and get money, and so forth,…but it's a completely different story with features.…And why is it so different?…Money. (laughing)…Because of the money or the potential of the money involved,…it changes everything.…I mean when was the last time that you paid…
Creating a Short Film is a 13-part training series that features some of the best actors and crew in the Seattle area, sharing their expertise on how to create a brilliant short film. The series is not just conceptual; author Chad Perkins and his team make a short film, The Assurance, and share the actual struggles and challenges that they had to overcome to get the film made. In this installment, Chad covers the basics of producing, the process that kicks off every new film, and sees it through to completion. Learn about the role of the producer, the difference between producing shorts and features, and what you should look for when selecting a producer for your script—or when you're a producer looking for the next great film idea.
Make sure to look for the follow-up episodes to learn more about screenwriting, directing, working with actors, editing and visual effects, and everything else that goes into filmmaking. This is a one-of-a-kind educational experience you won't find anywhere else.
- Starting a film project
- Finding financing
- Dealing with legal issues
- Producing shorts vs. feature films
- Learning from failure